Monday, December 14, 2015

3D Bio Printing

There's a new kind of technology that could literally change the world as we know it. I've never heard of 3D Printing until recently but apparently it has been going on for about two to three years now. It's a machine that one can program to make anything you want. The medical field is exploring ways to make bio printing, which is the process of generating spatially-controlled cell patterns using 3D printing technologies, where cell function and viability are persevered within the printed construct. Think of it as instead of printing sheets of paper with ink, it would be printing tissues with cells. A picture of a body part is scanned to the printer and the machine will start to build the body part. Ears, noses, and fingers are among the commonly made body parts that have been made using 3D printers. How fascinating is that?! It's only a matter of time before we can use these 3D printers for many uses in medicine to make our lives better.

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